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Apple will allow Parler to return to app store

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Apple is allowing Parler, a free-speech social media platform, to return to the app store following changes made to how the social media network moderates content. Parler was removed from the app store in January after the Capitol insurrection.

Apple wrote a letter to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) on Monday explaining that the review team had approved of Parler’s updates and that the app is available to be downloaded again on Apple devices.

“Apple anticipates that the updated Parler app will become available immediately upon Parler releasing it,” the letter said.

On March 31, Sen. Lee and Rep. Buck wrote a letter demanding answers as to why Parler was still banned from Apple’s app store.

“Today, we received a response: Parler will be reinstated on the App Store. Huge win for free speech,” Buck said.

The letter notes that Apple’s decision to remove Parler from its app store was “an independent decision” and that Apple “did not coordinate or otherwise consult with Google or Amazon with respect to that decision.”

Parler was also removed from Google’s app stores and Amazon Web Services following the Jan. 6 insurrection.

There has been no indication that Google Play Stores will allow Parler to come back. Moreover, Parler is currently in a legal battle with Amazon, arguing that the Big Tech companies colluded to restrict Parler’s access to the market.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Kyle Rittenhouse Found ‘Not Guilty’ On All Counts

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After three and a half days of deliberation, the jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all counts. “Jurors in the polarizing case said they had voted to acquit Rittenhouse, 18, of homicide, attempted homicide and other charges related to the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin” reports The Washington Post.

Rittenhouse testified during the trial during which he  became so emotional he was unable to speak in between sobs as he attempted to describe the shootings. The judge called a brief recess for Rittenhouse to regain composure.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Rittenhouse said on the stand. “I defended myself.”

National Review reports “As the verdict was announced, Rittenhouse, overwhelmed with emotion, burst into tears and dropped to the ground, struggling to breathe. After collecting himself, he embraced the defense counsel who represented him throughout the trial.”

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time. Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all counts.

National Review reports:

“Rittenhouse was arrested on August 26, 2020, after shooting three people during the riots that followed the police killing of Jacob Blake, a black man who was brandishing a knife and in the process of violating a restraining order when police arrived on scene.

He was initially indicted on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide, failure to comply with an emergency order from a local government, and possession of a dangerous weapon.”

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